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-Gay Marriage: A Shift in Public Opinion?

by Dr. D ~ July 12th, 2011

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Recently New York legislators voted to legalize gay marriage in the state of New York. In the process several New York state senators changed their earlier no votes to yes.

Many are saying that the New York vote demonstrates a new trend and shift in public opinion when it comes to same sex marriage. For the first time this summer, a Gallup Poll found that most Americans (53%) support gay marriage. Some are even claiming that it is all over and eventually the whole country will join New York.

The vast majority were against it in 2004 when a court forced it to be legalized in the first state- Massachusetts. Even Californians demonstrated that they were substantially against gay marriage in the vote on Proposition 8 in 2008.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then and now Gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, now New York, and the District of Columbia.

However, while the push for gay marriage seems to be gaining momentum according to the press, in reality at the same time 30 states have added amendments banning same-sex unions to their constitutions and marriage continues to be defined as the union of one man and one woman in at least 42 states.

Response: Is this a real shift in public opinion or merely the results of an agenda driven main stream media campaign? Does the recent Gallup poll really reflect a change of opinion toward gay marriage around the entire country? Only time will tell.

However, since 2004 only 5 states and DC have joined Massachusetts in the ‘pro’ category while 30 states have gone out of their way to add constitutional amendments against it. Those supporting traditional marriage between one man and one woman seem to me to be far more successful up to this point.

I’m just saying that the battle is far from over from my perspective and I don’t see either side giving up any time soon.             *Top


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